BREAKING w/audio: President Clinton comes out against anti-gay Amendment 1 in NC, records robocall to voters
May 5, 2012
This past week, Chelsea Clinton came out against Amendment 1 in North Carolina, the amendment that would make opposite-sex marriage the “only domestic legal union” in the state. Today, President Bill Clinton himself entered the fray and joined her in opposition. He has recorded a robocall for the Coalition to Protect ALL NC Families, the campaign fighting to defeat the amendment and prevent discrimination from being written into North Carolina’s state constitution. The message will reach hundreds of thousands of voters across North Carolina — if it’s fully funded, and we need your help with that.
In the call, he says:
“Hello, this is President Bill Clinton. I’m calling to urge you to vote against Amendment One on Tuesday May 8. If it passes, it won’t change North Carolina’s law on marriage. What it will change is North Carolina’s ability to keep good businesses, attract new jobs, and attract and keep talented entrepreneurs. If it passes, your ability to keep those businesses, get those jobs, and get those talented entrepreneurs will be weakened. And losing even one job to Amendment One is too big of a risk. Its passage will also take away health insurance from children and could even take away domestic violence protections from women. So the real effect of the law is not to keep the traditional definition of marriage – you’ve already done that. The real effect of the law will be to hurt families and drive away jobs. North Carolina can do better. Again, this is Bill Clinton asking you to please vote against Amendment One. Thanks.”
Listen to the audio here:
The primary is Tuesday, May 8. The ballot language is straightforward: a “Yes” vote is a vote to add language to the state constitution to end domestic partnerships, prohibit civil unions and ban any form of legal recognition of relationships other than marriage between a man and a woman. A “No” vote is a vote against adding that language. And as President Clinton points out in the audio recording, a vote for the amendment could drive away jobs. This is a real fear businesses are facing and it is something Bank of America CEO Cathy Bessant has addressed as well in a video in which she came out in opposition to Amendment 1. The amendment would eliminate the possibility of passing civil unions for gays and lesbians in the future and it would drive away top talent and cost jobs for the state of North Carolina. In a state with a 9.7% unemployment rate, above the national average, President Clinton is right: “losing even one job to Amendment One is too big of a risk.”
1. Volunteer to Call for Equality – a GOTV phone banking effort against Amendment 1.
2. Contribute to the campaign on ActBlue so they have the resources they need to get our message out.
3. Sign up to help get out the vote in NC yourself! Courage Campaign is arranging out-of-state caravans and travel assistance is available.
4. Sign up for a Courageous Conversation about Amendment One with someone you know in NC.